This “wearable book” presents a series of different beards for kids to try on by holding the pages up just under their noses.
What do a lumberjack, a pirate, a cowboy, a sailor, Santa Claus, and a police officer all have in common? Beards! And kids can try them all on with this novelty offering. In addition to a brief bit of verse, each double-page spread features a bearded face from the nose down so that when kids, or adults, hold the book up to their faces, they are magically and hilariously transformed. The skin tone, mustache and beard shape and color, mouth, and teeth are different for each face, ranging from a pale-skinned, open-mouthed lumberjack with a curly red beard to a lantern-jawed African-American police officer with a mustache and stern expression. Although the verses seem perfunctory and occasionally awkward (“This black beard / is braided and large. / Squint one eye and / let out an ‘ARRRG!’ ”), they won’t get in the way of the interactive fun sparked by the vibrant and funny illustrations.
Supplies needed to accompany this novelty offering: a mirror and some friends. Laughs and much silliness sure to follow. (Board book. 3-6)